An architect is always challenged when he has a thriving landscape to compete with on his site. In a way that few buildings have accomplished, 'Under Pohutukawa' by Herbst Architects manages to complement and even match the richness of the beautiful woodland location in Parnell Auckland, New Zealand.
Timber makes up almost every visible component of this utterly divine dwelling, opened up only by the installation of expansive windowing. Even the view inside the Butler beach house reveals warm lumber in the walls, floor, ceiling and the furniture.
Two techniques have been employed to help the enchanting cottage blend into its setting. The first is by means of transparency, and the second through disguise. The home's private spaces have been enveloped in vertical wooden slats that nestle the mass of 'Under Pohutukawa' into its namesake trees.